The First Sunday of Advent

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“Advent is the season of the presence and expectation of the eternal. For this very reason, it is in a particular way a period of joy …joy in the fact that God made himself a Child. This joy, invisibly present within us, encourages us to journey on with confidence.”

Pope Benedict XVI


Prayers for Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles
From A Prayer Book of Catholic Devotions

First Week

All powerful God, Increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

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The Fourth Sunday of Advent

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“Advent is here. What a marvelous time in which to renew your desire, your nostalgia, your real longing for Christ to come – for him to come every day to your soul in the Eucharist. The Church encourages us: Ecce veniet! – He is about to arrive!”

St. Josemaria Escriva


Prayers for Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles
From A Prayer Book of Catholic Devotions

Fourth Week

Father, all powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces his glory and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Third Sunday of Advent

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“Advent is a journey toward Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man.”

Pope Francis


Prayers for Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles
From A Prayer Book of Catholic Devotions

Third Week

Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.